unisa logo

Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBMW

SATAC Code
414241 (Internal)
414245 (External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 89.05 (for 2019)
Selection Rank (External): 89.95 (for 2019)
View full entry requirements

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Degree overview

  • Learn in our unique, clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus with expert clinical and academic staff.
  • Be directly and actively involved in a minimum of 30 births and work alongside practicing midwives.
  • Embark on clinical placements from your first year of study.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers1, as well as industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Have the opportunity to study some of your degree internationally with overseas placement.
  • Our graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Midwifery students

This degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to provide care, support and advice to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally.

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, and you will do much of your learning in our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus, known as the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) – the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You will then have the opportunity to further develop these skills when you embark on real-world clinical placements across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals and health services. Under the supervision of registered midwives, you will follow women during pregnancy and birth journeys. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to study a portion of your degree internationally with an overseas placement during your third year of study.

High achieving students with a competitive grade point average (GPA) may be given the opportunity to undertake the Bachelor of Midwifery with a linked Bachelor of Nursing pathway comprising four years of full-time study.

For registered nurses:

  • Registered Nurses (RNs) entering this degree may be granted 49.5 units of credit. These requirements are detailed within the What courses you’ll study section of this page.

For previously registered midwives:

  • Designed for midwives who have not practiced for between five and ten years, this degree has a pathway to fulfil the re-entry practice requirements. These requirements are detailed within the How to Apply section of this page.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists. On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

Midwifery students

Midwifery is an international profession and birthing practices are different all over the world. A focus of this degree is on addressing the political, socio-cultural, economic and technological influences on midwifery practices. The legal and ethical responsibilities of midwives are also explored.

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, and you will do much of your learning in our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus. Here you will have the opportunity to practice your skills through real-life scenarios and feel confidently prepared for clinical practice. This simulated hospital environment fully led by practicing registered nurses and midwives (clinicians), known as the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS), is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You will then be given the opportunity to further develop these skills when you embark on real-world clinical placements across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals and health services, under the supervision of registered midwives. During these placements you will be actively involved in a minimum of 30 normal births, and in the pre and post-birth care of at least 100 women. You will also follow 15 women through their pregnancy and birth journeys through Continuity Of Care Experiences (COCE).

All students will need to complete clinical placements in South Australia, and they must be completed on a full-time basis.

In addition, you may have the opportunity to study a portion of your degree internationally, with an overseas placement during your third year of study.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Year 1 - Introduction to Midwifery Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Midwifery NURS 1058 4.5
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth NURS 1060 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Foundation Practicum 1 NURS 1056 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Healthy Mothers and Babies NURS 1059 4.5
Year 2 - Developing Midwifery Competence
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Complex Care across the Childbirth Continuum NURS 2026 9 Rule(s): 12
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5 Rule(s): 12
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Development Practicum 2 NURS 2039 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Complex Care of the Neonate NURS 2038 9
Pharmacology and Diagnostics for Midwives PHAR 2018 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Practice Development Practicum 3 NURS 2036 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Year 3 - Transition to Midwifery Professional Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing NURS 3054 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 4 NURS 3052 9 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Becoming a Midwife NURS 3047 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 5 NURS 3053 9 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Midwifery Project NURS 3049 4.5
Students who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and are a registered nurse with a current practising certificate
will be granted 49.5 units of credit and are required to complete the following
Year 1
Contemporary Midwifery Practice NURS 1062 9 Note(s): 4
Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth NURS 1060 9
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Foundation Practicum 1 NURS 1056 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Complex Care of the Neonate NURS 2038 9
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Practice Development Practicum 3 NURS 2036 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Year 2
Complex Care across the Childbirth Continuum NURS 2026 9
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 5 NURS 3053 9 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate on average 40 hours per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • quizzes
  • presentations
  • assignments
  • portfolios
  • clinical activities
  • online activities

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Midwifery

Midwifery students

Incorporating a midwifery and paediatric unit, the Horizon Hospital and Health Service is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment populated by the women and their families who live in our Horizon City and Community – a virtual health community unique to UniSA. It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world midwifery practice. The women of Horizon are interactive manikins, including birthing manikins who can be programmed to simulate a range of birth scenarios, and real people acting as family members. They each have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories, along with pregnancy care records. This will complement your off-campus clinical placements throughout your degree.

By learning from experienced clinicians and teaching staff who are well above world-class researchers1, you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

This degree can also be a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning and on-campus workshops – we offer accessible online learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

As a student, you will benefit from our strong industry links. You will learn from experienced clinicians, including registered midwives both on campus and when you complete clinical placements as part of your study, in settings including home visits, community clinics and maternity hospitals.

These placements provide you with the opportunity to practice your clinical skills, implement your knowledge into practice, learn from industry-experienced professionals in the field, and build valuable networks and relationships. You will also engage in Continuity Of Care Experiences (COCE) where you follow women through their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal journeys.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication

Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Midwives are the primary maternity care providers in Australia, providing care, support and advice to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally. They play an important role in the promotion of normal birth, which includes screening, assessments, detection of complications, and providing emergency care to both the woman and her baby in collaboration with other health professionals. Midwives play a significant role in health education such as family planning, preparing for birth, parenting and infant care.

Registered midwives can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • community and hospital services
  • rural and remote healthcare
  • home-based services
  • health agencies

As a Registered Midwife, you may also have the opportunity to undertake further study in the areas of research with a Masters by Research or strengthen your supervisory skills with a Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Education) or Professional Certificate in Practice Education. Other options are the Graduate Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health and the Master of Midwifery.

Graduates may complete the Transition to Professional Practice Program with a participating employer.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for registration are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Industry facts

job-listings

Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 59,900 (18.4 per cent) by May 2023.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

column-chart-growth

To May 2023, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 250,300 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

buildings-city

Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

If you are a Registered Nurse looking to study this degree, you may be interested in our Registered Nursing pathway option. This option is available from the following three campuses:

  • UniSA City East campus: This option allows you to study on-campus (internal) or online (external). Please note, online students will still need to come on-campus for intensive clinical workshops. Please see the degree info at top of this page for the internal and external SATAC codes.
  • UniSA Mount Gambier campus: Please see the degree info at the top of this page for the SATAC code, where you will complete your studies online (external) and attend intensive clinical workshops on-campus. 
  • UniSA Whyalla campus: Please see the degree info at the top of this page for the external SATAC code which is the one required for Whyalla applications, where you will complete your studies online (external) and attend intensive clinical workshops on-campus. 

If you are a midwife who has not practiced between five and ten years and have received confirmation from AHPRA that you are eligible to apply for a re-entry to practice program, you may wish to consider the Bachelor of Midwifery re-entry pathway. If you wish to apply to this pathway you will be required to complete a specific program of study (12 months full-time equivalent), that can be completed on-campus or online, although online students will come on-campus to attend intensive clinical workshops. Please follow the above steps via SATAC, and additionally email midwifery.enquiries@unisa.edu.au to advise us of your application, noting this pathway. 

Alternative Pathways

Australian

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree:

International

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree:

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

More scholarships

Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Emergency Department

The Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment fully led by practising registered nurses and midwives (clinicians) and populated by the women and their families who live in our Horizon City and Community – a virtual health community, which is the only one of its kind in South Australia. It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world midwifery practice. The women of Horizon are interactive manikins, including birthing manikins who can be programmed to simulate a range of birth scenarios, and real people acting as family members. They each have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories, along with pregnancy care records. This will complement your off-campus clinical placements throughout your degree.

You will also have exposure to UniSA’s on-campus Midwifery clinic which is open to the public and offers personalised pregnancy and postnatal care adapted to suit each individual’s and family’s needs.

Your program director

I am committed to woman centred midwifery practice that provides holistic care, informed by the best available evidence. Working with the midwifery team at UniSA we have a strong research culture and innovative teaching approach to ensure graduates are prepared for contemporary midwifery practice, and life-long learning to enable optimal outcomes for women and their babies. 

Dr Julie Fleet

Program Director

Enquire
Portrait image for Dr Julie Fleet
Portrait image for Dr Julie Fleet

Dr Julie Fleet

Program Director

Enquire

Ask UniSA

anchor-arrow
More FAQs

What others are saying

I have had great placement opportunities including the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s delivery suite and post natal ward, Burnside Hospital and Mt Barker Hospital.

Alex Tomaselli

Bachelor of Midwifery

Alex Tomaselli

Alex Tomaselli

Bachelor of Midwifery

The facilities at UniSA are hospital-standard and the workshops held in the on-campus hospital and health service were very useful in preparing me for my placements. Plus the staff at UniSA are well-experienced registered midwives and I enjoyed listening to their stories throughout my studies.

Hui Bao

Bachelor of Midwifery

Hui Bao

Hui Bao

Bachelor of Midwifery

I am studying to become a midwife so that I can provide more women-centred options for mothers-to-be during pregnancy and labour. Rural hospitals often have limited resources, so I know how valuable my contribution will be.

Kayla Kemp

Bachelor of Midwifery

Kayla Kemp, Midwifery

Kayla Kemp

Bachelor of Midwifery

UniSA graduates are overall passionate and engaged learners, who can successfully adapt to different clinical environments and cultures while still putting theory into practice. Not only can they learn a specific skill set, but they have the ability to think innovatively and question the perceived norms.

Juanita Ielasi


Employment: Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi


<br />Employment: Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

I chose to study midwifery after hearing a young Cambodian woman recall saying goodbye to her pregnant mother as a small girl in a remote village. I thought ‘someone should do something about this’ but couldn’t find any organisations that worked with the desperately poor in remote provinces, so I thought, ‘I could go to university, get qualified and come back to help them!'

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
Employment: Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

Kate Taylor, Midwifery

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
<br />Employment: Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

I’ve always had a passion for helping others and a nurturing nature, so studying Midwifery allows my personal traits and desire to care for others be fulfilled. I’ve had the opportunity to undertake a rural placement in Port Augusta, where the close continuity and cultural care provided in a small country unit has inspired me to one day take my skill and knowledge to a country hospital.

Paige Elliott

Bachelor of Midwifery

Paige Elliott, Midwifery student

Paige Elliott

Bachelor of Midwifery

My goal is to work in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), I love this area the most and it is quite challenging but extremely rewarding to see a baby that you have been caring for, sometimes for months, finally go home with its parents to meet its siblings and the rest of the family. Every time I enter a hospital my heart starts racing and I get a huge rush of adrenaline, this is how I know that this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life.

Bradley Mackintosh

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bradley Mackintosh

Bradley Mackintosh

Bachelor of Midwifery

I am the inaugural recipient of the Gwendoline Dinah Henderson Annual Midwifery Scholarship, named in honour of a highly decorated WW2 nurse who hoped to support regional and rural nurses to undertake midwifery training. This scholarship has helped me cover costs whilst on clinical placements, being placed in both metropolitan and regional hospitals where I gained a wonderful insight into a range of incredible experiences. 

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
Employment: Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital

Rosie Wallace

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
<br />Employment: Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital